I feel like my username kind of makes me sound younger than I am, but I can't change it and would rather not start an account from scratch. In my defense, I was much younger when I set up the account with the intent to take online quizzes. I guess it still describes me, as I am a short guy named Joe.
I always find it difficult to describe myself. I don't want to sound too full-of-myself, but I want to do myself justice at the same time. It's one of those things where I think it's easiest for people to get to know me by spending time with me. On the other hand, I tend to be pretty guarded. I've been hurt by plenty of people in my lifetime, so it takes some time to gain my trust. I'm a pretty open book when it comes to the facts of my life, but I keep all of the best stuff below the surface until I really feel that I know someone.
I like to describe myself as a realist. I know what I'd like the world to become and what I would like people around me to be like, but I don't get my hopes up very often. I've experienced a little too much in my life and worked with too many people that have experienced horrible things to ever see the world through the eyes of an idealist.
With that said, I try to keep a very strong moral compass. I expect myself to be a model of how I want others to act. I realized early on that I can't expect anything of others that I wouldn't expect out of myself. I also grew up on comic books and have an ingrained sense of what I feel like "good" should be.
I do understand that nobody (especially myself) is perfect and have gotten very good at giving second chances. It's a necessity at work, and I've come to apply it to my life as well. I find it very rewarding when people actually live up to second chances instead of repeating the same mistakes. And I wholeheartedly agree that everyone has the potential for growth throughout their entire lifetime.
I also have mild OCD. I alphabetize my CDs and DVDs. I often check my alarm clock more than once before I go to bed. And right now I'm trying to make sure that I have at least 1000 words in my profile. ;)
I took the ideal state quiz for where I'd find the best matches. Idaho seems to be at the top of the list. I was also informed that Wisconsin is one of the worst states for me. No kidding. :p
I am wise, blunt, and realistic